Fair warning: This is not a happy post. Skip this if you don’t feel like reading my rant.
Last night the Phoenix Prize Packs came into effect. In effective it’s a lockbox that you buy with dilithium, which gives a chance for players to pick up old event or discontinued items. I’ve included the writeup below:
We are excited to introduce the Phoenix Prize Pack, making its Star Trek Online debut when maintenance concludes on December 1st, 2016.
Just like Zefram Cochrane’s experimental vessel, the Phoenix Prize Pack blazes a trail into new frontiers! And, following in the model of its mythological namesake, the Phoenix Prize Pack also represents the return from the ashes of items, ships and other rewards that have been retired from Star Trek Online, and are no longer accessible by any other means. Purchasing and opening this promotional prize pack will offer players the unique opportunity of obtaining many otherwise inaccessible items, ships and equipment, which were previously available from events or promotions, or as other limited-availability rewards.
(Check further below for complete prize information!)
How it works is simple: Players may visit the Dilithium Store to purchase a Phoenix Prize Pack for the price of 4,500 Dilithium, or in packs of ten for 40,000 Dilithium. Every prize pack is Character Bound when purchased, and opening the pack will reward you with one of five Prize Tokens of varying rarity: Epic, Ultra Rare, Very Rare, Rare and Uncommon. Activating any Prize Token from your inventory presents you with the Redemption Store, which allows you to trade in Prize Tokens in return for your choice of item from a selection of retired items from the history of Star Trek Online.
In lieu of redeeming your Prize Token for an item that matches its rarity, you may also choose to exchange it for two Prize Tokens of the next-lower Rarity (e.g., trade in 1x Rare for 2x Uncommon). You’ll also have the option to exchange 10 Uncommon Prize Tokens for another Phoenix Prize Pack, giving you another opportunity at receiving the rarest prizes.
If you happen to be a veteran player already in possession of all of the retired items being offered, Uncommon Prize Tokens may also be traded in for a number of prizes that everyone can make unlimited use of: Fleet Credit Bonus Pools, Fleet Mark Bonus Pools, Reputation Mark Bonus Pools, Commendation XP Bonus Pools, or the special Phoenix Upgrade Tech (equivalent to multiple Universal Superior Tech Upgrades, with no Dilithium cost to apply!)
To celebrate the debut of this new promotion, all players will also have the ability to claim a free Phoenix Prize Pack once per account, once each day while the promotion is active. Each time this is claimed, players will also receive a 1x-Use version of the “Phoenix Replica Smallcraft” Admiralty Ship. This daily account prize may be claimed by visiting either *Grym on Drozana Station, or Onna at Deep Space Nine. *While the event is active, players may accept a mission from their Journal that will aid in locating these new contacts.
_ All prizes obtained via this promotion – including Starships – are Bound to Character, and do not result in any Account-Wide Unlocks. Prize Tokens are Account Bound._**
Prizes by Rarity:
- Breen Rezreth Dreadnought Cruiser [T6]
- Breen Sarr Theln Carrier [T6]
- Kobali Samsar Cruiser [T6]
- Krenim Science Vessel [T6]
- Ferengi Nandi Warship [T6]
- Jem’Hadar Attack Ship [T5]
- Breen Chel Grett Warship [T5]
- Breen Plesh Brek Heavy Raider [T5]
- Risian corvette [T5]
- Risian Luxury Cruiser [T5]
- Voth Bulwark Dreadnought Cruiser [T5]
- Red Matter Capacitor
- Elachi Kit Module – Subspace Rift
- Universal Kit Module – Crystalline Spike
- Zefram Cochrane Shotgun
- Crystalline Energy Torpedo Launcher
- Crystalline Shard – Space Vanity Pet
- Console – Universal – Crystalline Absorption Matrix
- Console – Tactical – Automated Defense Turret
- V.S.S. Tanius – Admiralty Ship
- Hakeev (Mirror Universe) – Duty Officer
- Mariah Kilara Marr – Duty Officer
- Radan Tribble
- Solanae Tribble
- Mol’Rihan Tribble
- Crossfire Tribble
- Holographic Combat Drone
- Dilithium Encrusted Horta
- Mugato Leash
- Phoenix Shuttle Vanity Pet
- Toron Shuttle Vanity Pet
- Type-8 Shuttlecraft
- Emote Unlock: Air Guitar
- Emote Unlock: Bloodwine
- Emote Unlock: Bow
- Emote Unlock: Dance (Jester)
- Emote Unlock: Frustrated
- Emote Unlock: Khan
- Emote Unlock: Pick Me
- Emote Unlock: Shaka, When The Walls Fell
- Emote Unlock: Shoo
The Phoenix Prize Pack will be available for a limited time only, so act fast if you wish to make the best use of this promotion before these limited-access items are once again sent into retirement. The Phoenix will return to retirement on December 8th, 2016, giving players just ONE WEEK to obtain these prizes before they fade away!
Jeremy “BorticusCryptic” Randall
Staff Systems Designer
Star Trek Online
For a lot of players who missed out on some older items, this is exciting news. Initial reports state that drop rates of Epic and Ultra Rare tokens are extremely… well, RARE, but duh. I am not a gambler myself, have never played the lockbox game, and I honestly don’t intend to play this either. These boxes are actually quite a good value for their upgrades, but I wouldn’t open these expecting to win the grand prizes.
Everyone knows this will alleviate the recent high Dilithium-Zen exchange rate (which has sat at 415-420 range for months), but I don’t think anyone expected such a drastic change in one day. Last night the Dilex rate (briefly) plummeted to a low of about 255; some players, like my friend Skeleskully, cashed in at just the right time and scored a giant stockpile of Zen (as I told her, she has essentially won the game).
But this post isn’t about that.
I have bought Zen with real money; maybe not a ton, but enough of it that STO is by no means Free-to-Play for me. And as I have previously mentioned, I don’t mind buying Zen with dilithium at a high exchange rate — as long as it’s the true market value. And here I was, watching the exchange rate movements last night… at around 9 pm-ish PST the exchange rate suddenly jumped from 260 to 300 – key word being sudden. Someone dumped a huge pool of dilithium on the market at an artificially elevated rate, and wiped out every Zen selling offer under 300 in three steps in rapid succession (i.e. 260 to 275 to 293 to 300 in the space of maybe a minute). Every new sell offer that appeared thereafter is quickly swept up (within 3-5 seconds) for the next two hours that I monitored it; as of this morning that 300 rate was still holding steady.
If you ever played the stock market, this is very typical of Unusual Market Activities. Stock market specialists can see this a few different ways, but to me this is the real first clear sign of market manipulation. Based on the relatively small volume of Zen actively traded on the Exchange at the time, it’s actually not that difficult for a space-rich individual or group of individuals to pull this off. Some people will vehemently argue against the notion of market manipulation on the Exchange, but what I saw last night cannot be rationalized any other way.
Unlike the stock market in real life, there are no rules on the Exchange so technically there is no wrongdoing involved… yet this goes against fair trade. I am happy to pay 300 rate if it is determined by the market, but I refuse to pay 300 if it’s artificially inflated. It’s a matter of principle for me, and this entire exercise has unfortunately only soured my experience with the game. I refuse to be manipulated, so I guess I am done with the Dilithium Exchange.